Someone once asked me how many books I read per year. I had no idea, I know it seems like a lot. It got me thinking. A book a week? Two books a week? Sometimes it takes me a month to read one book. I had no idea. So a year ago I decided to track them. I linked up with Goodreads and joined the 2014 Reading Challenge. You choose how many books you want to read and you track them through their website. (You can even link every book you ever bought through your Amazon account to make it easy to get started!) The challenge, itself, does the math and tells you how far behind, or ahead, of schedule you are as the year progresses. I decided I would try to read 52 books. I ended up reading 69. I am glad I joined. Have you ever joined a reading challenge? There are a lot of different ones out there! Now, I wonder if 69 is my average or a fluke……. How many will I read in 2015?
As you can see, from this year’s favorites list, I read a variety of books, both old and new. From looking at my master list, of all the books I read in 2014, it does appear I choose non-fiction and historical fiction most often. Funny how that has evolved. I used to read Koontz, Patterson, Evanovitch…. primarily fiction, and now they are a rarity.
The books that stuck with me, this year, in no particular order are:|
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
James Madison by Lynne Chenney
Night by Elie Wiesel
Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel
The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen by Jacques Pepin
My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
11/22/63 by Stephen King
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Winter of the World by Ken Follett
Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
What about you? Did you read anything great this year??? Discover any new favorites? Do you use Goodreads? I’m always looking to friend other readers, with similar tastes, for recommendations.
Cheers to another great year of reading, exploring and finding new favorites!
P.S. Sometimes my links, for products on Amazon, are linked back to me. If you add the item to your Amazon cart and then purchase it I get a “little” Amazon store credit, as in pennies. I didn’t used to do this, but I started to recently because I was linking to Amazon anyway (hello, we all shop there) and I figured you wouldn’t mind if Amazon has to give me a free book now and again. Just letting you know, to keep things legit around here.